Why teams matter.
Making a difference depends on people. Achieving goals depends on a diverse set of skills and perspectives. Because substance use disorder is a complex problem, the system for providing services is equally large and complex. By working together toward a common purpose, PA STFRI partners improve the chances that we will someday make a real difference in the lives of people who suffer from addiction.
MPH, CHES, CTTS-M
Tobacco Policy and Control Program Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Ryan oversees several tobacco control and policy initiatives within the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention. These initiatives include the prevention of youth initiation, promoting tobacco-free environments, mass media campaigns, tobacco control policy, and tobacco treatment services. He is committed to serving vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted by the effects of tobacco use.
Tony Klein, MPA, NCACII
Consultant and Clinical Trainer
Tony has over thirty years of administrative, clinical, and training experience in behavioral health services. He has a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development/Addiction Studies, both from the State University of New York. Known for his advocacy to address tobacco use disorder for persons with mental and substance use disorders, he develops curriculum and program integration strategies to support evidence-based tobacco interventions anchored in the principles of recovery-oriented care.
Carol S. Larach, DrPH, MPH, MSEd
Director of Integrated Care Programs, Community Behavioral Health
Dr. Carol Larach oversees programs and initiatives related to integration of physical health and behavioral health, including tobacco use disorder in behavioral health settings. She has Master’s degree in Psychological Services in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s and Doctor degree in Public Health from Drexel University. Her work experience has encompassed developing collaborative partnerships to improve outcomes, health services research (Medicaid), training, program development and implementation (including integrated health services and wellness initiatives), implementation of evidence-based practices in public health and mental health systems (nationally and internationally), program management across sectors (academia and government), grant management, and delivery of behavioral health services in primary care.